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Learn about the Federal Transit Subsidy Program that aims to protect the nation's infrastructure, reduce air pollution, and alleviate traffic congestion by encouraging the use of mass transit. Discover the history, approved transportation options, participant roles, and responsibilities to ensure compliance with the program requirements.


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  1. IntegrityAwarenessTraining AnnualRequirement TransitBenefitProgram Lastupdated 2023

  2. Topics ProgramOverview Background TRANServe Role ParticipantRole Legal Implications WebsiteResources: https://www.transportation.gov/transerve/ Understanding theCertificationStatement KnowledgeChecks(Questions andAnswers) HelpfulInformation

  3. ProgramOverview TransitSubsidy Program: ProtectsNation sInfrastructure Reducesair pollution & traffic congestion Increases use of mass transit Studies show trafficcongestion: Wastes1.9 billion gallons of gas Costs over $100 billion in wasted fuel & lost time Tax-freesubsidy for actualcosts ofmasstransit commutes Up to the maximumset by the IRS statutory limit

  4. Background ProgramHistory 1991- Federal TransitAdministration ProgramPilot 1993- Clean Air Act 2000 E.O. 13150Federal WorkforceTransportation FringeBenefit 2005 - SAFETEA-LU Eligibility All federal employees workingin full or part time paid status Allfederal interns and volunteers workingin a non-paidstatus- Refer to agencyforguidance

  5. Approved Mass Transportation Rail Qualified Vanpools Commercial or private vehicle with at least six adult passengers, excluding the driver Subway Commuter Bus Transit authority Commuter Ferry Pedestrian or bicycle Trolley

  6. NotApproved forTransitSubsidy Parking Garage Commuter Parking Street Parking POV- Single Occupancy Taxi Carpool RideShare Bike Bike Share Scooters Personal Bikes Refer to yourAgency

  7. TRANServesRole Service Provider to Federal Agencies Administers the Transit Subsidy Program Distributes the transit subsidy to agency qualified employees Establishes best practices Provides education, answers and support to Program Offices and participants

  8. ParticipantRoles and Responsibilities Understand the Transit Subsidy Program s scope and limitations Understand it is a violation of federal law to transfer or sell the transit subsidy or to provide false or fraudulent information in order to obtain the subsidy Understand the potential penalties for misuse or false claims

  9. ParticipantRoles and Responsibilities To not be named on a worksite parking permit at any Federal agency, nor participate in a carpool To use the transit subsidy for home to work and work to home transportation only To ensure the amount of transit subsidy received does not exceed actual monthly commuting cost of public transportation To recertify your application to update commuting expenses during annual recertification and whenever your commuting method, work schedule or address changes

  10. Legal Implications Employees who misuse the transit subsidy are subject to appropriate administrative actionincluding discipline and/or disqualification from future participationin the Transit Subsidy Program Disciplinaryactioncan range from writtenwarningto removal from Federal Service, depending on the severity of the abuse

  11. Website Resources: www.transportation.gov/transerve/ Apply Recertify TRANServe card News FAQs Research Transit-Area FastFacts

  12. Knowledge Check: Question #1 The TransitBenefit Programobjectiveisto: A. Increase compensation of federal employees per month B. Encourage federal employees to use mass transportation to reduce their contributionsto trafficcongestion andairpollution C. Reward the employees for their hardwork

  13. Knowledge Check: Answer #1 The Transit Benefit Programobjective is to: A. Increasecompensationof federal employees per month B.Encourage federal employeestouse masstransportation toreduce their contributionstotraffic congestion and air pollution C. Rewardthe employeesfor their hard work The FederalWorkforce Transportation Fringe BenefitProgramunder Executive Order13150 is designed toreduce traffic congestionand air pollution.

  14. Knowledge Check: Question # 2 If I misuse my transit benefit by selling it or over-estimating my commutingcost, I can be removed from federal service True False

  15. Knowledge Check: Answer #2 . If I misuse my transit benefit by selling it or over-estimating my commutingcost, I can be removed from federal service True False True: Disciplinary actioncan range fromwrittenwarningtoremovalfrom Federal Service, depending on the severity of the abuse.

  16. Knowledge Check: Question #3 What informationcanbe found on TRANServe s website? A. Link to your online application B.How to get a replacementTRANServe Card C.Best practicesusing your Transit Benefit D. All of the above

  17. Knowledge Check: Answer #3 What informationcanbe found on TRANServe s website? A. Link to your online application B.How to get a replacementTRANServe Card C.Best practicesusing your Transit Benefit D. All of the above Visit the TRANServe website for all questions and resources: https://www.transportation.gov/transerve

  18. Knowledge Check: Question #4 Martha plans to start teleworking. The next step is to: A. Inform her supervisor B.Continue claimingher transit subsidy without change C. Submit an updated application that reflects her new actual commutingcost

  19. Knowledge Check: Answer #4 Martha plans to start teleworking. The next step is to: A. Inform her supervisor B.Continue claimingher transit subsidy without change C. Submit an updated application that reflects her new actual commutingcost Youare responsible toupdate yourtransitsubsidy applicationand commutingcostworksheetwhenever you change your commutingmethod, workschedule, or address.

  20. The Trans.it Benefit Certification Statement

  21. Certification Is Required Before you can enroll in the Transit Subsidy Program you must first certify that certain conditions are true about you Certify: Toformallyand legally attesta specific statement to be true

  22. Readthe Certification Statement Carefully

  23. ToWhat Must I Agree? YouMustagree: I am employedbythe U.S. Federal Government I am not named on a federally subsidized parkingpermit, anywhere Iam eligible fora public transportation fare subsidy I will use the subsidy for my daily mass transit commute to and from work I will not give, sell or transfer it to anyoneelse I will not use the Government provided subsidyin excess of the IRS limit Iwill not claim an amount in excess of my actual monthly commuting expense I will not include parking fees as part of my commuting cost worksheet

  24. Knowledge Check: Question #5 Keeva moved closer to work and now walksto work after commutingon the train.She would like to call a taxion bad weatherdays. Can she use her subsidy for this mode of transportation? Yes No The answer is .

  25. Knowledge Check: Answer #5 Keeva moved closerto work and now walksto work after commutingon the train.She would like to call a taxion bad weatherdays. Can she use her subsidy for this mode of transportation? Yes No Single occupancy modes of transportation are not eligible for Transit Subsidy.

  26. Knowledge Check: Question #6 Haley commutes from Virginia to get to work. Her commuting costs are $321 per month. She is eligible to receive additional transit subsidy since her commute is so costly. True False

  27. Knowledge Check: Answer #6 Haley commutes from Virginia to get to work. Her commuting costs are $321 per month. She is eligible to receive additional transit subsidy since her commute is so costly. True False The federal government may provide up tothe IRSmaximumfor masstransportation commutingcosts. Haley must cover the additional amount, outof pocket .

  28. Knowledge Check: Question #7 Beckychooses to ride in a carpool. She is eligible to receive the transitsubsidy. True False

  29. Knowledge Check: Answer #7 Becky chooses to ride in a carpool. She is eligible to receive the transitsubsidy. True False The FederalTransit Subsidyisfor federal employeeswho choose to commute on mass transit in a commuterhighway vehicle. This includes bus, rail, light rail and an authorized vanpools-(6 adult passengers or more).

  30. Knowledge Check: Question #8 Ivan rides mass transit and parks in the lot near the station. He includes his parking fees as part of his monthly commuting cost. He is right to do this. True False

  31. Knowledge Check: Answer #8 Ivan rides mass transit and parks in the lot near the station. He includes his parking fees as of his monthly commutingcost. He is right to do this. True False The Federal Transit Benefit is exclusivelyfor your home-to-work-to-home commute on mass transportation. Any other use is actionable as fraud, waste,or abuse of federal funds

  32. Knowledge Check: Question #9 Cieraand her supervisor agree that she may telework two days eachweek, indefinitely. Her current transit subsidy is $25 per week.Now that she does not commute every day, her correct course of action is to: A. Thank her supervisor for his/her understanding. B.Continue claimingher transit subsidy without change. C.Submit application to reflect her new actual commuting cost.

  33. Knowledge Check: Answer #9 Cieraand her supervisor agree that she may telework two days eachweek, indefinitely. Her current transit subsidy is $25 per week.Now that she does not commute every day, her correct course of action is to: A. Thank her supervisor for his/her understanding. B.Continue claimingher transit subsidy without change. C.Submit application to reflect her new actual commuting cost. Anytimeyour information changes anapplication is required: work location, commutingcost, home address.

  34. Knowledge Check: Question #10 Chris is going to an off-site meeting. He is using mass transportation totravel toand from the meeting. Since he has available funds he decides to use his transit subsidy. This is the correctcourseof action. True False

  35. Knowledge Check: Answer #10 Chris is going to an off-site meeting. He is using mass transportationtotravel toand from the meeting. Since he has available funds he decides to use his transit benefit. This is the correctcourseof action. True False Travel to an off-site meeting or training class is an office expense. The Transit Subsidy is provided solely for your home-to-work-to- home commute via mass transportation.

  36. Helpful Information

  37. The TRANServe Card Answers and Activation: www.transportation.gov/TRANServe/my-transerve-card MonitorYourBenefit:https://www.access.usbank.com CustomerService: 1-800-994-6722 Organization Code: TRANSV

  38. TRANServe Card Funding Cycles BenefitMonth October November December January February March April May June July August September Funds Available September 10-October 9 October 10-November 9 November 10-December 9 December 10-January 9 January 10-February 9 February 10-March 9 March 10-April 9 April 10-May 9 May 10-June 9 June 10-July 9 July 10-August 9 August 10-September 9 TIP: Purchase by the 4thto avoid wasting your benefit. This is to allow your vendor enough time to post the charges before the subsidy month resets.

  39. NationalCapital RegionsSmartTrip Card Register Your Card: https://smartrip.wmata.com/Account/Create Answers: https://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/faq.cfm Monitor YourBenefit:https://smartrip.wmata.com/Account/Login Customer Service: 888-SMARTRIP (M-F,7AM-8PM)

  40. SmarTripCard FundingCycles Benefit Month October November December January February March April May June July August September Funds Available October 1-31 November 1-30 December 1-30 January 1-30 February 1-28 March 1-31 April 1-30 May 1-30 June 1-30 July 1-31 August 1-31 September 1-30 TIP: Monitor your funds through your online account at the website below: https://smartrip.wmata.com/Account/Login

  41. Thank you for choosingto commuteusing mass transit and welcome to the program. Additionalinformationis available on our Website: https://www.transportation.gov/transerve/faq For specific questions, find your DOT Modal Point of Contacthere: https://www.transportation.gov/transerve/participants/dot-transit-subsidy- modal-points-contact

  42. forsuccessfullycompletingthe Transit SubsidyIntegrityAwarenessTraining Confirm by checking box through online application

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